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by Deans
23 May 2011 17:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 2011
Replies: 2866
Views: 220918

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 201

chaanakya wrote:
vdutta wrote:
what is schadenfreude ?


happy in other's misfortune.


In that case, I have a lot of schadenfreude right now :D
by Deans
05 May 2011 11:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 184788

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

This (BRF) has by far the most interesting OBL thread, from the several sites I've visited and has made me come out of lurker mode :) While I don't believe in any of the conspiracy theories being peddled by the Pakis, I believe the US needs to provide more details on what I think are some loose ends...
by Deans
24 Feb 2011 16:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 3-day poll: Fate of Raymond Davis
Replies: 37
Views: 2584

Re: 3-day poll: Fate of Raymond Davis

Dilbu wrote:I have chosen option 2 as of now. Initially thought of 3 but I don't think see-eye-yeah can afford to let one of their own languish that long in TSP prison for doing his job.


Chose Option 2 for exactly the same reason.
by Deans
07 Feb 2011 15:14
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: AeroIndia 2011
Replies: 940
Views: 183486

Re: AeroIndia 2011

KrishG wrote:
Marten wrote: What a morning. Jags shook up the house!


Ok. Can I get the list of people who are planning to visit AI on Friday (11th Feb). It will be easier to meet-up there that way.


I will be there on Friday.
by Deans
31 Jan 2011 11:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 945864

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Deans, mumbai harbour is incredibly crowded and the navy has been asking for funds to shift its base to karwar since the last millenium. the CO will in all likelihood face court martial and take premature retirement, whether it's his fault or not. we are in no position to judge, for all we know the...
by Deans
30 Jan 2011 21:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 945864

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

INS Vindhyagiri and a container ship M V Nordlake collided near Sunkrock lighthouse at the entrance of Mumbai harbour at 5 pm today. No casualties are reported. INS Vindhyaagiri has been brought to the naval dockyard. Ridiculous to have a collision, that too at the entrance of your home port. The C...
by Deans
25 Jan 2011 09:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The arrivals hall, where the explosion took place, has little security and easy to enter - I suspect that will be the case in a lot of airports. People entering - i.e. drivers or friends of passengers, are not checked. In the middle of winter, everyone entering will have a thick winter overcoat whic...
by Deans
24 Jan 2011 21:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

It used to be domestic airport. These days flights from CIS countries. Sherimetoyo is th Int airport. Its now the Biggest International Airport in Russia and easily the best run of the 5 in Moscow. The better Western airlines have made it their base. The attack was also at the busiest time for the ...
by Deans
25 Nov 2010 12:14
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Asian Games 2010 (Nov 12 )
Replies: 286
Views: 33059

Re: Asian Games 2010 (Nov 12 )

Ashley Kravitz wrote:Afghans defeat Pakiz in first Kirkit Semi-final. :D


First their Wimmens did better than their Kirkit mards and now this !! Huge blow to H&D :D
by Deans
22 Nov 2010 16:18
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Asian Games 2010 (Nov 12 )
Replies: 286
Views: 33059

Re: Asian Games 2010 (Nov 12 )

why not? a few years ago japan was on the receiving end of similar drubbings, yet now they are a regular competitor in the rugby world cup (final tournament) - and are gradually working their way up. Italy was a similar contender, but are now regularly giving england and france a tough time in the ...
by Deans
16 Oct 2010 09:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Commonwealth Games-New Delhi 2010
Replies: 2060
Views: 175746

Re: Commonwealth Games-New Delhi 2010

10 things I didn't expect to see at CWG but did. 1. Everyone raving about the village. 2. Awesome opening ceremony. 3. Kalmadi's Helium balloon worked. 4. Some of our gold medal winners are cute too! (Heena Sidhu, Ashwini Ponappa and Saina) 5. A 16 year old kid from Jharkhand winning gold - unbeliev...
by Deans
29 Sep 2010 00:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?
Replies: 749
Views: 115281

Re: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?

para drops in numbers can also be made to secure key nodal points like Airfields. Once secured they can fly in troops to secure their advantages. This can be done even under hotly contested conditions in the air. If Operation Market Garden was a failure, the soviet invasion of Czech republic in 196...
by Deans
28 Sep 2010 15:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?
Replies: 749
Views: 115281

Re: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?

Can someone comment on: What forces are available to us in the West (Ladakh, Himachal) at Division/ independent level and which units can be realistically sent to the theatre as reinforcements - either from our reserves, or pulled out from the pakistan border ? Is it also realistic to expect any Ch...
by Deans
28 Sep 2010 09:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?
Replies: 749
Views: 115281

Re: Are We Ready for a Two-front War ?

Can someone comment on: What forces are available to us in the West (Ladakh, Himachal) at Division/ independent level and which units can be realistically sent to the theatre as reinforcements - either from our reserves, or pulled out from the pakistan border ? Is it also realistic to expect any Chi...
by Deans
27 Sep 2010 10:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Commonwealth Games-New Delhi 2010
Replies: 2060
Views: 175746

Re: Issues faced by Commonwealth Games-New Delhi 2010

As an Indian I am angered and embarassed by all that has gone wrong in the run up to the games. While the Media has every right to expose the mess, they now seem to be taking perverse pleasure in pointing out every tiny thing that isgoing wrong. The Aus/UK/Canadian media might be expected to do that...
by Deans
01 Sep 2010 15:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Sometimes the aircrafts would fly as low as 30/40 metres above the Royal Navy vessels. Soviet Colonel Georguiy Bulbenkov confirmed his participation as pilot in these low flight incursions. Is this true or just made up? It is such an extreme provocation to a country at war. Any plane that is shadow...
by Deans
08 Apr 2010 21:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I don't think the average Russian (even a `western oriented' Muscovite) gives a #@$! as to what the Western Media thinks about the latest attacks. Some points from my interaction with the `average Ivan'. 1. Most feel the authorities have done a reasonably good job in limiting attacks in Moscow - esp...
by Deans
07 Apr 2010 10:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India's Best Option In Afghanistan
Replies: 40
Views: 2844

Re: India's Best Option In Afghanistan

We could pursue options 5,6 & 7 simultaneously - particularly as no one really has a clue as to will come out on top. Building a Russia-Iran alliance and working with Karzai are not mutually exclusive. There can always be a back channel discussion with the Taliban (or with the Pak Army). These o...
by Deans
07 Apr 2010 10:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India's Best Option In Afghanistan
Replies: 40
Views: 2844

Re: India's Best Option In Afghanistan

I voted 1 & 3. 1, because it is better to have US/NATO troops dying then ours. Besides they would also kill a lot of the Taliban, reducing the threat to us. However, I don't see why it has to be a `either' options 3/4 or 5/6/7. It is possible to pursue multiple objectives, particularly if we don...
by Deans
07 Apr 2010 09:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Improving India's Leverage by 2020 (I)
Replies: 21
Views: 1862

Re: Improving India's Leverage by 2020 (I)

India will have to overcome internal weaknesses if it has to signfiicantly increase its leaverage by 2020. I've listed what I think are the the top 5 challenges with some initiatives. 1. Naxalite /Secessionist Menace. 1.1 Develop the `lagging' states (replicate Bihar - which has grown by 11% y.o.y i...
by Deans
31 Mar 2010 13:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

It would actually be interesting to compare Chechnya with Kashmir. They have important similarities and differences. People should stop making such fooling comparisons. Kashmir, land of Rishi Kashyap, home of Shivite traditions, was and is part of Indian civilization. No need to score self goals. S...
by Deans
31 Mar 2010 10:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

It would actually be interesting to compare Chechnya with Kashmir. They have important similarities and differences. In Kashmir having free and fair elections, has helped to a significant extent, to gain the confidence of the people and isolate the terrorists. In Chechnya, whatever autonomy what giv...
by Deans
30 Mar 2010 21:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I have used both Metro stations several times. ..... Deans, it appears that you are a Russian, if so accept our condolences on behalf of all Muscovites and Russians. I'm Indian but have lived and travelled extensively in Russia. I do have several Russian friends who use this line and have just chec...
by Deans
30 Mar 2010 16:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5590
Views: 637262

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I have used both Metro stations several times. Park Kultury was a few minutes from my apartment. Both stations are fairly well guarded. The cops are visible and armed and have been for a long time. They routinely pull out people of `Caucasus appearance' from the crowd, to check their documents. Luby...
by Deans
26 Nov 2009 14:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Can nuclear terrorism be prevented? Probably not.
Replies: 113
Views: 7210

Re: Can nuclear terrorism be prevented? Probably not.

Pakistan (state and non state players being the same) has the means to assemble a bomb, bring it to India and detonate it. It seems to me that the only way India can deter this, is to explictly state that ANY weapon of mass destruction directed against India, will be assumed to be the work of Pakist...
by Deans
21 Nov 2009 16:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: WW2 Military Technologies: Successes and Failures
Replies: 62
Views: 13157

Re: WW2 Military Technologies: Successes and Failures

Evaluating technologies on the basis of: - Overall Impact on the war. - Usability (ease of use and ability to mass produce). - Usage today & influence on today's technology. My choices are: 1. The T-34 (adapting a lot of existing & proven concepts into a very user friendly, easy to mass prod...
by Deans
03 Dec 2008 21:17
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 630214

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Vivek,
Your posts are a great stress buster after the Mumbai attacks. Keep them coming ! It does not matter if its Chinese or Paki butt getting kicked.
by Deans
18 Aug 2008 16:28
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Kanan, Moscow Times is probably not the best source for an analysis. It is published for expats and most of the reporters are non Russian, who are unlikely to have visited the battlezone. The content is factually correct where they have quoted from the Russian MOD or mainstream media, but they seem...
by Deans
17 Aug 2008 17:05
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

An article on the military aspects of this conflict (from the Russian point of view). This is a pretty harsh self-critique and lessons-learned sort of article, quite interesting: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/1047/42/369809.htm Kanan, Moscow Times is probably not the best source for an anal...
by Deans
15 Aug 2008 12:23
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Aircraft used by the Russians.
4th Air Army & PVO (Strategic bomer force) comprising approx:

60 SU-24, 30 SU-24MP (EW aircraft), 100 Mig-29, 100 SU-25, 60 SU-27 & 40 L-39 (light attack). Also used in the attack role: 75 MI-24 & the TU-22MP.

Lost: 1 TU-22 & 4 SU-25.
by Deans
15 Aug 2008 11:40
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Some extracts from the Russian press and blogs on the Military operations: Russian casualties (official) are 74 KIA, 19 MIA & 174 WIA. The Operation was planned in the midst of a reshuffle of the Russian top brass and the holiday season. When the Georgians attacked, President Medvedeev was on ho...
by Deans
13 Aug 2008 10:56
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

http://exiledonline.com/war-nerd-south-ossetia-the-war-of-my-dreams/ I love this guy's columns. He's cynical, knows his stuff & usually has things spot on. The newspaper `Exile' is published by a bunch of expats, who take a tongue in cheek look at life in Russia. Its harmless enough to allow Ant...
by Deans
11 Aug 2008 17:57
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

So far, Russian logistics has performed well. I don't know if anyone has realised it, but there is only 1 road leading from North to South Ossetia (thru the mountains). If a single tunnel on the way is blocked, there goes the Russian supply route. Moving a brigade sized force on this road, at short ...
by Deans
11 Aug 2008 17:44
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

2 Georgian Fast Attack boats reported to have been sunk. 1 of these (confirmed) was a Russian built Missile boat (type 206). The only other missile boat they have is equipped
with Exocet's.
Is this the first Naval action since the 1982 Falklands war ?
by Deans
11 Aug 2008 12:18
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis

a fellowship from the United States State Department (via the Edmund S. Muskie/FREEDOM Support Act (FSA) Graduate Fellowship Program). ahem ahem...harvard, yale, columbia, univs in washington seem very plugged into such program. no doubt other progs exist to support the wards of the indian elites B...
by Deans
10 Aug 2008 14:04
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

The TU-22 Blinder (not Backfire) that was lost, is an aircraft of 60's vintage. According to my knowlege all Tu-22s of old models were scrapped. The loss in the first day doesnt wonder me, since the main unknowns are at the starting. Isnt US stelth aircraft was hit at the early stage of Yugo confli...
by Deans
10 Aug 2008 10:11
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

Vick wrote:Losing a Backfire type asset on the first few days of the conflict is pretty inept. Especially considering that the missile(s) that shot it down was most likely Soviet in origin.


The TU-22 Blinder (not Backfire) that was lost, is an aircraft of 60's vintage.
by Deans
10 Aug 2008 10:03
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

It looks like the Georgians planned a quick operation to seize the rebel capital and present the Russians with a fait accompli. This did not work as planned and the speed of the Russian reaction is something they do not seem to have anticipated. From what I can gather so far... The Russian units act...
by Deans
09 Aug 2008 13:25
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

Interestingly the perception in the Russian press is that Georgia timed its `police action' in South Ossetia with the Olympics, to attract as little attention as possible. Their hope seemed to be that the US will deter any aggressive action by Russia. A couple of thngs could happen: - A million Geo...
by Deans
09 Aug 2008 09:18
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 98027

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

Interestingly the perception in the Russian press is that Georgia timed its `police action' in South Ossetia with the Olympics, to attract as little attention as possible. Their hope seemed to be that the US will deter any aggressive action by Russia. A couple of thngs could happen: - A million Geor...

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